Banff NP – Lake Agnes and the Plain of the Six glaciers (tea)

On Sept 4, Brodie and I embarked on our first backpack trip outside the US. This time to the Canadian Rockies , Alberta, as in Banff National Park. The weather was epically bad for an early September, with rain, sleet, snow, and temps hovering around 32. Ugh

Saturday: First up was the Lake Agnes hike, above Lake Louise (http://www.lakeagnesteahouse.com/ ). One of the classic hikes in the area, which take you from the crowded shores of Lake Louise, to a teahouse on an alpine lake. The hike was great, although we saw mostly nothing, due to the heavy clouds and snow.

lake louise in the rain

lake louise in the rain

up to lake agnes

up to lake agnes

mmm tea and soup

mmm tea and soup

Later, we went to see Morraine Lake, a view so good that it is on the Canadian currency. and saw… like nothing. .

Morraine lake

Morraine lake

Morraine lake in the clouds

Morraine lake – somewhere

Sunday: the weather was a bit better, but still shaky. So we went back to the same Lake Louise area, this time for the Plain of the six glaciers hike, with another teahouse – of course (http://www.summitpost.org/plain-of-the-six-glaciers/366218 ). A much better day weather wise, and the hike went really well, including some DYB’s with new trail friends. And then a hike beyond the teahouse to a glacier view in the bad weather (a good prep for the backpacking days to come).

Lake Louise

Lake Louise – day 2 – better weather

Lake Louise from the distance

Lake Louise from the distance

Glacier views 1

Glacier views 1

Glacier view 2

Glacier view 2

Glacier view 3

Glacier view 3

View back to Lake Louise

View back to Lake Louise

Glacier view 4

Glacier view 4

Glacier view 5

Glacier view 5

where are we

where are we?

Back at the hotel

Back at the hotel

flowers

flowers

Thurs: on the last day, after the backpacking, we returned to Morraine Lake, and got the views we deserved. Yay

Morraine lake! on a great weather day

some wedding photos – nice setting

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